Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

  • Seven strikes conducted near Manbij in Syria by bomber, attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL tunnels, damaged an ISIL fighting position and denied ISIL access to terrain.

Strikes in Iraq

Bomber, attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 23 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

  • Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance and damaged an ISIL bunker.
  • Near Albu Hayat, a strike struck an ISIL training facility.
  • Near Rutbah, a strike struck an ISIL improvised weapons facility.
  • Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL bunker.
  • Near Mosul, six strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL vehicles.
  • Near Qayyarah, nine strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL boat, two ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL vehicles, three ISIL excavators, four ISIL oil tankers, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL tunnel entrance and an ISIL front-end loader and denied ISIL access to terrain.
  • Near Ramadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL vehicle bomb and an ISIL fighting position.
  • Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed an ISIL tunnel, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL mortar system.

Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to project terror and conduct operations, officials said.

Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

(Source: US Dept of Defense)

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